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Neil's Donut & Bake Shop

83 North Turnpike Rd., Yalesville, CT - (203) 269-4255
Posted By Tony Badalamenti on 11/25/2007 12:43:00 PM
We pass this way often when traveling between NY and my in-laws in MA, but I always remember Neil's just after we are a few miles past. Well, that will never happen again!

We stopped and each got a donut, then went back in and bought a dozen. The old-fashioned, the crullers, and (what I am guessing is a special this time of year) the cider donuts were among the best I have ever had. While the specialty of many donut places is the complex or specialty donut, Neil's does the simple basics VERY well. The donuts have a crispy outer shell and a light-textured center. The cider donuts are without question the best of that type I've ever had, with a wonderful apple taste that is usually missing in these types of donuts.

If traveling along the Merritt Parkway, Neil's is an easy and fast detour; it is along Route 150, which runs just north of the Merritt, between exits 65 and 66.

Definitely worth a stop!

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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Neil's jelly donuts are split in half and piled with an amazing amount of jelly.  They're a mess to eat ... and pure pleasure.
"Neil's jelly donuts are split in half and piled with an amazing amount of jelly. They're a mess to eat ... and pure pleasure."
Michael Stern





We like Neil's old-fashioned cake donuts best.  They are substantial pastries with an unctuous luxury that is especially delicious when they are still hot from the fry kettle.
"We like Neil's old-fashioned cake donuts best. They are substantial pastries with an unctuous luxury that is especially delicious when they are still hot from the fry kettle."
Michael Stern


Now that Butler's is defunct, this officially has become my favorite jelly-filled long john on the planet. It left powdered sugar all over the dashboard, my shirt and pants and fingers, but I sure wasn't complaining.
"Now that Butler's is defunct, this officially has become my favorite jelly-filled long john on the planet. It left powdered sugar all over the dashboard, my shirt and pants and fingers, but I sure wasn't complaining."
Michael Stern


There is nothing spectacular about a good, old-fashioned cinnamon donut, but neither is there a pastry that can be more directly satisfying.
"There is nothing spectacular about a good, old-fashioned cinnamon donut, but neither is there a pastry that can be more directly satisfying."
Michael Stern


A close view only hints at the luscious crunch of this donut's skin and the fruity goodness of its filling.
"A close view only hints at the luscious crunch of this donut's skin and the fruity goodness of its filling."
Michael Stern


Clockwise from upper left: cinnamon crueller, double chocolate, cinnamon old-fashioned, and jelly-filled. An excellent breakfast!
"Clockwise from upper left: cinnamon crueller, double chocolate, cinnamon old-fashioned, and jelly-filled. An excellent breakfast!"
Michael Stern


The donut shelves about 7:30am: still plenty of excellent varieties from which to choose.  Whatever else we get, we have to have at least one old-fashioned donut, plain or cinnamon-coated.
"The donut shelves about 7:30am: still plenty of excellent varieties from which to choose. Whatever else we get, we have to have at least one old-fashioned donut, plain or cinnamon-coated."
Michael Stern


The glazed donuts are lighter than the old-fashioned ones; and while the glazed are good, it's the heavier cake donuts that send us into orbit.
"The glazed donuts are lighter than the old-fashioned ones; and while the glazed are good, it's the heavier cake donuts that send us into orbit."
Michael Stern


Neil's is a merry place ... and a boon for anyone traveling along the Merritt Parkway in need of a four-star pastry fix.
"Neil's is a merry place ... and a boon for anyone traveling along the Merritt Parkway in need of a four-star pastry fix."
Michael Stern


As we dined off the dashboard at 8am, we saw a constant parade of customers coming and going. Our visit renewed faith in Connecticut as a donut-lover's paradise.
"As we dined off the dashboard at 8am, we saw a constant parade of customers coming and going. Our visit renewed faith in Connecticut as a donut-lover's paradise."
Michael Stern


Neil's is less than one year old; and yet it is already attracting donut lovers from all around central Connecticut.
"Neil's is less than one year old; and yet it is already attracting donut lovers from all around central Connecticut."
Michael Stern



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